Tummer, Heinrich

Date of birth:
June 11th, 1908 (Viersen/Rhineland, Germany)
Date of death:
January 14th, 1971 (Bad Nauheim/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Gefreiter
Unit:
13. / Infanterie-Regiment 19
Awarded on:
October 31st, 1941
Details:
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter
Unit:
13. / Grenadier-Regiment 19
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter
Unit:
13. / Grenadier-Regiment 19
Awarded on:
April 9th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter
Unit:
13. / Grenadier-Regiment 19
Awarded on:
February 16th, 1944
Action:
Received for a single wound inflicted on 8th July 1943.
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter
Unit:
13. / Grenadier-Regiment 19 "List"
Awarded on:
October 14th, 1944
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter
Unit:
13. / Grenadier-Regiment 19 "List" / 7.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
November 18th, 1944
Action:
On 14.10.1944 the Soviets launched an attack against the German positions near Gnoijno after a two-hour preparatory barrage. They managed to break into the German front south of the III./Grenadier-Regiment 19 "List" and thus threatened it from the right flank.

Obergefreiter Tummer, No. 1 at a light infantry gun, immediately recognized the gravity of the situation. On his own initiative he turned his gun to the south and commenced direct fire onto the new enemy forces. Following this he gathered all available soldiers and with them launched a counterattack. In bitter close combat the broken-in Soviets were ejected, and Tummer helped establish a new defence in order to complete the victory.

For this act, by which an even larger rupturing of the German front was prevented, he was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class on the same day. This was later upgraded to the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter
Unit:
13. / Grenadier-Regiment 19 "List"
Awarded on:
December 3rd, 1944
Nahkampfspange in Bronze

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